Behind the Scenes


A couple of weeks ago Eric and I went to see the Elkhart Civic Theatre’s performance of Deathtrap at the Bristol Opera House.  One of our long time friends was in it, so we just had to go see it.  If you ever see that this play is being performed, do yourself a favor and go see it!!  I am not going to spoil the storyline because it is just awesome when you go into knowing nothing about it.  The only thing I will say is that it is a great whodunit thriller that will keep you guessing till the very end!  Go find a theatre and enjoy it!

Bristol Opera House

After the show, I had the pleasure of getting to explore the large collection of costumes.  Walking into the room this is the first glimpse you get.  To say it is packed is an understatement.  Row after row of all sorts of costumes stuffed so tightly together on each rack that you could spend days looking through every single garment.  I didn’t bring my actual fancy camera since I didn’t know I would get to do this, so pictures from my phone will have to suffice.  Maybe next time.

Bristol Opera House

There are quite a few ghost stories circulating around the theatre, which is to be expected since the building was built in 1897.  My friend giving me the tour told me one such story about the costume department in particular.

Bristol Opera HouseShe said that there is a ghost who will help you locate garments you are searching for when you cannot find them.  All you have to do is ask for her help.  When you return to the room the garment will either be on the end of a rack or you will immediately know where to go.  I believe in ghosts, so I am going to go with this story too.

Bristol Opera House

There was an article recently published in the local paper, The Truth, that details some of the other ghost stories centered around the theatre and some other locations in Elkhart.  It is a great read and I recommend checking it out.

Bristol Opera House

Back to the costumes!  This little number was one of the fun treasures I found.  Sequins galore, because working in the show choir industry, you know I have a love of sequins.  I am so curious as to which show this would have been used for.  It is just fun and flashy that I have no idea.

Bristol Opera House

I also discovered this gorgeously soft white vintage fur cape.  Based on how luxurious it felt and the condition it was in, I am guessing it is real fur.  Of course I had to try it on!

Bristol Opera House

Look at that ruched detailing on this 70’s dress.  Just fab!  The skirt was a poly of some type with this great floral burnout.

Bristol Opera House

Patchwork printed peppermint swirl skirt anyone? What a number this one is!

Bristol Opera House

Then there was this embroidered kimono inspired dress!  Ack!  The colors are just divine.   Again, another one of those garments that I would love to know more about which show it was used for.

Bristol Opera House

Then there were the hats!  So many hats!  Above every aisle were shelves every type of hat imaginable.  This was a shelf of just police hats.  Yep, that was it, all sorts of different police hats.

Bristol Opera House

This gorgeous little number caught my attention.  My first instinct is to say this is a French Baroque inspired hat.  Super fun.  I would love to find the dress that goes with this hat.

Bristol Opera HouseWhy stop at trying on furs, when I could easily try on hats too?  I am not sure of when this one is supposed to be from, my guess is either 40’s or 50’s.  If you know, comment below, because I am curious.  It was fun to try on and definitely makes me want to try my hand at vintage dressing.

Bristol Opera House

If you are going to costume any character, of course, accessories must be included.  This entire end of the aisle was shelf after shelf of totes filled with different accessories.  I did not get a chance to go through them, but I wish I had.

Bristol Opera House

Now, a lot of costumes are pulled from what they already have on hand, but the theatre does have a decent size stash of fabric as well those times that they need to make something.  It looks a lot like the current state of my fabric stash.

Bristol Opera House
This is where the costumers work.  A couple of machines, a rack of thread, and a tin of notions down in the dressing area.  Sometimes if they are working on a large number of costumes they will temporarily rent a space where they can spread out and bring in a few more machines.


My friend also talked about the troubles of having such a packed costuming storage and small sewing space.  They are talking about renovations they can make to improve those things, but both take time and money considering the age of the building.  They are trying to make other improvements as well to attract more patrons and donations.  One such area that they are currently working on is the front lobby.  I am excited to say that I will be helping out with that by making the new curtains to go into the far two windows!

I am sure most local theatre’s face similar funding issues like the Elkhart Civic Theatre.  If you want to help out volunteer, make a donation, or better yet, go see a show.  It makes a fun date night for sure.

Fabulous Fall Must Makes

Hey Sew Long Summer sewers!  Here we are, in the last week of the sew along.  I cannot believe how quickly it has flown by.  I hope you all have been enjoying it as much as I have.  For this week, I am looking ahead to fall and all the fabulous things I want to sew up for the season.  So so many things, so many.  Pinterest, of course, is my go to source of inspiration and organizational planning for all the things.  Here are the top 5 items on my Fall 2015 board so far.

Sequin Blazers

sequin blazer 2sequin blazer   Grainline Studios Morris Blazer

This is at the top of my list and next in line to be made.  Have you seen this trend? I think the Morris Blazer from Grainline Studios is the perfect pattern for this look.  I also have some great solid black sequin fabric that I got from the fabric sale at work early this summer. Since I have the fabric and I have the pattern, now it is just a matter of being able to take the time to do it.

Duffle Coat

duffle coatcoat

After making Eric an Albion duffle coat this past winter I have grown quite fond of the style.  When I bought the fabric for Eric’s version I also picked up this amazing army green wool for myself.  I didn’t have a solid plan for it other than some sort of coat.  I am absolutely sold on making a version of the Albion for myself.  Luckily, Sarai posted a great sew along with tips on converting the pattern to fit a woman’s body.  I am on the hunt for the lining now.  I want something fun, funky, and floral.  I imagine something with shades of army green, dusty lilac and dusty rose pink.

Colored Jeans

colored denimred jeansCloset Case Files Ginger JeansThis one has been on my must make list for over a year now.  To be fair, I did make a red pair last year for the Fabric Mart Fabricista challenge last year.  I have yet to wear them because I put them in my UFO pile to sew on belt loops and never touched them.  I need to finish them. NEED TO!  Other than that, I want to make the highly praised Ginger Jeans from Closet Case Files out of a dusty rose pink stretch denim I purchased earlier this year.  Last year I did a lot of pink and gray, and I am still in love with this color combo, so pink jeans with some of the gray tops I made last year sounds divine!

Button Ups

polka dots leopard button upchambray

I really really need some button ups in my wardrobe.  Like really need them.  I don’t own a single one.  How can I not have one you wonder?  Well, a big busted girl, such as myself, tends to have trouble finding one that fits that area.  Normally they are too tight causing them to pull open.  So not flattering!  The new Sewaholic Granville Shirt looks amazing, plus an FBA does amazing things.  I have some chambray in the stash to try this out with and if that works we will see what other fabrics I can come up with for some other unique button ups that are not plain white.

Fall Dresses

chambray shirtdress

Paprika Patterns Jasper Dress

I live in dresses during the summer and I love every minute of it.  I want to continue this love into the fall.  Dresses with tights, boots, cardis, and scarves sound amazing.  On the upshot, I have everything in my wardrobe, except the clutch, to make my own version of the black dress outfit for fall.  I am pretty excited about it.  A chambray dress, much like a chambray button up, has been on my sewing list for a bit too.  Then the Jasper Sweater dress from Paprika Patterns kept popping up on my Pinterest and Bloglovin’ feeds and it was love at first sight.  This pattern looks so warm and comfy, like wearing secret pajamas.

What have you made or are planning on making for fall?


Sew Long Summer: Holidaze Christmas Edition

Hey Summer Sewers!  How was your Labor Day weekend?  Personally, I did not  get any sewing done.  Eric and I did and immense amount of housework and yard work.  By immense, I mean, we edged our lawn, cleaned out our overly stuffed garage, touch up painted trim, and general deep cleaning.  It was much needed and will help down the road when we are ready for our home study.   At any rate, we did not do the typical holiday cookout with friends and family. Instead, I spent the three days in yoga pants and tank tops, not really the holiday wardrobe I can write about.  Especially since I didn’t even sew a thing I wore all weekend.


Since this weeks theme is Holidaze and I do not have anything to show, I want to talk about planning for Christmas or which ever religious holiday you celebrate.  I know it, it is still a few months away but there are some other projects I have been working on that have put that holiday spirit in me already.


When I think about Christmas, I think of classic holiday music from a bygone era by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. I think of silver tinsel icicles and big colorful strings of bulbs.  I think of movies like White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, two of my favorites by the way.  I think you are getting the picture, I like a good old fashioned Christmas.  With that vintage Christmas come the dresses with nipped in waists and full skirts.


Too bad, I never have a chance to wear them.  This year, I am changing this regardless of being way overdressed for all of our holiday engagements. What am I planning, you ask? Well, let me show you.



Oh boy, do I love these fabulous holiday frocks.  They are so classy. Best of all, this silhouette is incredibly flattering on most body types.  It makes you wonder why we ever stopped wearing them.

The details and  unique look of each dress. For example, on the dress above your eye is immediately drawn to the bow on the waist.   I love the little details that separate each dress from another.


Then there are the necklines.  Each dress I am presenting here has a distinctly unique neckline.  Most of the skirts are very similar in fullness, but it is the neckline that keeps your attention.


Lastly there are the colors and fabrics.  Rich luxurious fabrics such as plush velvets, metallic brocades, and iridescent silk duponi all in traditional deep reds, emerald greens and gold.



All of these are aspects to take into consideration when planning your vintage holiday attire.  Personally, my most favorite of these examples is the dress with the polka dot bodice and red skirt with a green sash at the waist.  It appears that this one has a blouse like bodice with a dramatic collar and, of course, a full skirt.  I think this is the look I am m going to recreate for the holidays.  Maybe this will lead me to start wearing the vintage dresses I am so enamored with on a semi-regular basis.  Now I am on the hunt for a expensive looking (key word) polka dot fabric for the bodice.

Do you enjoy dressing up for the holidays? What do you like to wear?

Sew Long Summer: Never Ending Summer

We are at the mid way point for this weeks theme of Never Ending Summer.  These are the pieces that make us keep that summer cheer all year round.  Those garments that you can wear in the summer and then again in the winter.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

For me, one of those garments is Dixie DIY’s Summer Concert Tee.  It may be because summer is in the name of the pattern, but this one makes me think summer all year.  It is loose, flows well and has the perfect hi-lo hem.  Once made up in a big floral print, it screams summer even more.  There is also some lime green in the print that just didn’t show up well in the photos.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

This is my 4th version of this top and I think it may be my favorite so far.  I used 2 yards of a cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee’s August KnitFix.  This was my first ever KnitFix and it was amazing!  I highly recommend you try it some time, if you haven’t already.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

I did eliminate the sleeve bands and added 1/2″ to the length of the sleeve instead because I like where the sleeve hits better.  I also added 5″ to the length of the top, partially because I am stubborn and did not pre-wash my fabric.  I know it is going to shrink and probably do some other crazy things too once it has been washed.  I also added the length for my own personal comfort.  The base length of the pattern just does not hit in a spot that I would prefer for my body.  Plus, I love the look it creates when worn with shorts and sandals.  It feels very boho and fun to me.  All I need now is a  big floppy hat and lots of silver bangles and I am ready for Coachella.

Musings of a Seamstress - Summer Concert Tee

Now, obviously I cannot wear this with shorts and sandals during the winter.  Instead, I plan on changing up the look by wearing it with skinny jeans, boots and a great scarf.  It is for sure 86 degrees out and with the humidity the RealFeel is 96 degrees.  The things we do for blog photos!

Show us your Never Ending Summer garments by joining the link up on Melissa’s page and posting in our Facebook group.

Sew Long Summer: Summer Crush

I know I am a day late in posting this for the Summer Crush theme last week, but I had some family things to take care of yesterday that prevented me from finishing everything up.  Not to worry, everyone is doing good now.  Eric and I just had to attend to several different family members yesterday all for different issues.  It was a busy weekend for us, which culminated with me having jury duty today.  Luckily, I didn’t get picked, because I don’t think I could handle the case that was being presented.

I still want to share the garment I made for Summer Crush though. Here it is, better late than never.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontOn Saturday, I mentioned my summer crush this year is the maxi dress.  Here is the newest one I have made. Another version of McCall’s 6073!  Big surprise, right?!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 backThis is my third version of this pattern this year and I am not even close to sick of it.  The pattern is so flattering to my body type that most of my dresses are this type of style.  The belt does a great  job of accentuating my midsection, while the crossover shows off my curves well.  The overall length of the bodice hits me in a great spot so the skirt makes me look taller.  The gathers of the skirt help to hide my tummy too.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sideThis version is a whole lot of floral!  I love the print of this ITY Knit and I also have it in a purple colorway.  Both of these were purchased from my job way back in June at $1.12 a yard. I also added an underlining to the bodice of white swimwear lining for to help support the weight of the skirt.  I used 3.25 yards of the ITY and .75 yards of the swimwear lining  for a total cost of $8.24.  Not too bad! Not bad at all!

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 sidebackI  did make a couple of minor alterations to this version.  First, I took the crossover at the belt down by about 1″ to eliminate some of the gaping open at the chest.  This didn’t quite do the trick so I took the shoulders up in the front only by 1.5″ and now it is perfect.  There is no gaping open and it fits nicely around my curves.

Musings of a Seamstress McCall's 6073 frontThis weeks theme is Never Ending Summer, where we are sewing garments that keep us in a summer state of mind all year round.  I have one garment ready but am not contemplating making a second.  Head on over to Melissa’s blog to read more about this week’s theme and join the linky party!

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Sewing

sewlongsummer-badgeHow is your summer sewing going? Sew Long Summer is off and running, and it is not too late to join in on the fun!  This weeks theme is Summer Crush and it is all about trying those patterns you have been crushing on but not sewing up for one reason or another.  My personal summer crush is maxi dresses.  I have made 5 this summer.  I will be sharing my newest one tomorrow, after I have a much needed photo shoot.

This weeks theme runs until tomorrow night, so you still have plenty of time to get something sewn up for it.  I have a few tips to help you save some time too!  Working in the garment industry has given me some great insight on how to speed up my personal sewing.  I want to share a few things I have learned and adapted for home sewing.  Maybe you can try them throughout this sew along and beyond.

sewing machine

  1. Pre-cutting projects – I tried this out this past spring with great success!  Take a few hours and cut out several different projects.  Cutting is my least favorite part of sewing and as a result I can some how magically make it last way too long before I get to the actual sewing.  I found that if I set up my cutting table in front of the tv and put on Netflix, I can watch several episodes of a series or a couple of movies and end up with 3 or 4 projects cut and marked.  Then I can take a day over the weekend and sew up all those projects.  Depending on how busy work is, sometimes I just get a project cut out, after diner, each weeknight and then sew them up on the weekend.  As a bonus, it is super gratifying to end up with multiple finished projects in one day.
  2. Sew the same color garments – Sewing garments that are similar in color will allow you to change your thread less. Less time changing thread, searching for coordinating thread, or going out to purchase thread means more time sewing.  If I have black thread on my machine and serger I might as well sew up the black dress, skirt and anything else that I have been wanting to get too.
  3. Sew similar styles of garments – This same philosophy from the last tip goes for this one too.  If I have cut multiple projects out I try to make them similar styles. It is easier to sew this way because the basic order of construction stays the same between styles.  Small details and techniques may vary but if you are sewing a top you are going to stitch the shoulder seams, insert sleeves, close up side seam and sleeve, then hem.  Why not make it an assembly line process?  Have 4 tops cut that could all use the same thread, then complete the same steps for each garment instead of sewing one garment at a time, start to finish.  You will be surprised at how much time you save by when you do this.
  4.  Sew without pins – This is huge and it took some practice.  Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend pinning garments as you sew?  Try timing yourself when you pin each seam, dart or hem.  I can sew princess seams better and faster without pinning them and all it takes is a little practice.  Start by pinning your seam like you normally would.  Remove every other pin.  Now sew that seam.  Continue this until you are comfortable sewing with half the amount of pins.  Then do it again.  Keep going until you are down to no pins.  You will learn to have better control of the fabric and the final outcome.  When I sew without pins I start by making a few stitches, line up my ends and never let go of it in my left hand, find a mid point with my right hand and stitch away. Keep practicing this, you will amaze yourself with how quickly you can pick it up.
  5. Plan your sewing – All of these tips lead up to one big one.  Plan what you sew!  If you are anything like me you may have a large fabric stash, with a lot if pieces having been acquired with the thought of  “Oh, this would make a great (dress, top, etc)”.  I know that is generally my fabric purchasing mentality.  As a result, I have a lot of garment ideas just begging to be in my closet.  With this, I can pull a few pieces from the stash and match them with the desired pattern easily.  About once a season I go through the stash and pull fabrics and patterns I am inspired to sew up and put them on my shelf in full view.  Then all I have to do is pull the similar styles and colors to cut and sew when I am ready too.  It makes it easier to build a solid wardrobe as well when you have a plan of what to make.  I know that if I am making a top I also have something I can make to wear with it.  There have been several times, in the past, where I have made something awesome like a top, but cannot wear it because I didn’t have a coordinating color, fabric or style to go with it.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and can use them in your own sewing.  Let me know how they work out for you.

Next weeks Sew Long Summer theme is Never-ending Summer, where we will be sewing garments to keep us in a summer state of mind all year long.  


Sew Long Summer Kickoff Giveaway

Yep! You read that right!  This post is all about a giveaway!  Get excited!



I didn’t mention a lot about what this sew along will entail in my last post, so I wanted to take a minute to do that now.

Sew Long Summer is the brain child of host Melissa of Mahlicadesigns  and co-hosted by Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This, Cindy of, Ashley of Sewn by Ashley, and myself. You can read all of our bio’s here at Meet the Co-Host.

The sew along will last four weeks starting on August 24th and ending on September 22nd, the last day of summer.  We will be celebrating the end of summer and welcoming fall.  Each week will have a different theme to help you stay motiated

Summer Crush is Monday August 24th – Sunday August 30th.

This theme will be all about trying those summer patterns that you have been putting off for one reason or another.  It is also a time for finishing some of the UFO’s that have built up over the last couple of months.  Now is the time to do it.

Never Ending Summer is Monday August 31st – Sunday September 6th.

We will be sewing garments that keep us thinking summer all year round.  What do you want to wear when there are 6′ of snow outside in the middle of January?  Is it bright sunshiny colors  and prints? Or lightweight fabrics that can be worn now and layered in the colder months ahead?

Holi-Daze is Monday September 7th – Sunday September 13th

Labor day falls within this week, and we want to see what special things you are wearing.  This is also a time to start planning and prepping your holiday wardrobe for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Fabulous Fall is Monday September 14th – Tuesday September 22

Since this is the last week of  summer, we will be looking ahead to fall sewing.  What is on your list of must make fall garments?  Let’s get a jump start on sewing those fall items now.

Start thinking about what you will be making now.  If you would like to share your creation simply use the hashtag #sewlongsummer15 on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, view/request to add photos in the Flickr album, or Pinterest Board. You can also share your creations through link up parties that will go live for each week’s theme.

Now, on to the giveaway.  To kick things off right we have a fabulous prize package for you to win. It includes a Friskers Scissors Sharperner , MyPad Needle Keeper, and a  $20 Joann’s Giftcard. I hope you are excited about these great prizes. Enter now via the Rafflecopter below.

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Good luck!!


July Round-up

Hey, how was your July?  Mine was not the best so far this year.  I only sewed up 6.25 yards, 3.25 yards of which was new fabric.  Not great!  Typically, July is not my best sewing month.  It’s summer and Eric and I are busy: our anniversary, 4th of July, and just general being outside.  To make matters worse, I haven’t blogged about a single thing I made.  I didn’t even get around to posting about some of the topics I thought I would for the Stashbusting Sewalong.  I am really hoping my sewjo returns this month.


Speaking of August, do you know what will be happening at the end of the month?  I am co-hosting the Sew Long Summer Sewalong!  We plan on celebrating the end of summer and looking forward to fall by sewing.  We will provide you with lots of motivation and inspiration to get you cutting and stitching!  This sewalong is the brain child of Mahlica of Mahlica Designs and I am so honored she is allowing me and my other co-hosts to join in the fun with her.  Who are the other co-hosts you ask?  Well they are the fabulous Cindy Parrett,  the stylish Ashley from Sewn By Ashley, and the amazing Elizabeth from Elizabeth Made This!  We have been working hard planing an amazing end of summer sewing celebration.  Check out Mahlica’s blog for all the fun details and pick up our awesome blog button for your own blog!

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Will you join us in saying Sew Long Summer?

Adoption t-shirts now available

Clevenger Adoption

Unisex T-shirt $20

Hey everyone, I have something I am super excited to share with you!  Eric and I have  started a new fundraising push for our adoption by selling t-shirts through Bonfire.  I designed the shirt to represent all of you who are standing behind us, supporting us and cheering us on.  You all mean the world to us for all of the things you do and have done for us.  I chose not to put our name on the shirt or make it very specific to our adoption because I wanted it to represent an overall support of adoption and what it represents.  I really like what I came up with and I hope you do too!

Clevenger Adoption

Sweatshirt $45

We have set the goal to sell 100 shirts over  the next 21 days.  In order for this fundraiser to be successful we need all of your help!  We really want to make this work and give you all a great product for your support.  I am a big believer in getting something for any donation you make to us, so I love the idea of a t-shirt fundraiser.

We have several options available.

  •  Unisex t-shirt $20
  • Ladies slim fit $20
  • Long Sleeve $25
  • Sweatshirt $45
  • Youth $15
Clevenger Adoption

Long sleeve $25

We need to sell a minimum of 11 shirts in order for them to go into production.  This is totally doable with your help. However, if we do not hit 11 shirts sold, they will not be produced and everyone who did pre-order one will not be charged.  We do not want that to happen, so please help us by purchasing a shirt and sharing this fundraiser with your friends and family.

Once the project has successfully finished the shirts will ship out directly to you within 14 business days.  I look forward to sharing the successful results of this fundraiser with you all!

What are you waiting for? Go check the shirts out and pre-order yours today!

Mini Vacation

Hey everyone!  How’s it going?  Eric and I are doing great.  We were lucky enough to take a mini vacation to Dale Hollow Lake, one of our favorite spots, this past week to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary.  Let me tell you, we had a blast for the short time we were there.  We left on Sunday and were back on Tuesday.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

The scenery driving through Kentucky is just gorgeous! Since we live in Indiana our drives are normally pretty flat with lots of corn and soybean fields, so being in the hills of Kentucky is a treat for long road trips.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Of course, I wore my own makes the entire time we were there!  Also, that tent behind us was a gift for our wedding 8 years ago that had never been used.  I am so glad we finally got to break it in and I cannot wait to go camping again with a few bits of glamping added in.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Monday, we decided we would hike the 2 miles from our campsite down to the marina.  I forgot my tennis shoes, so I footed it in my sandals.  Probably not the wisest decision I have ever made, but the walk was well worth it.  Next time I will remember them and we can go on other hikes, like the waterfall at Sulpher Creek.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

I think I made Eric stop about every half mile so I could take some pictures.  I didn’t bring my camera, just my phone.  Lately, my phone has been taking far superior photos anyways.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Once we made it to the marina an hour later, we had to wait around for the rest of our small group (Eric’s dad and a family friend) to wake up and meet us.  While waiting I spotted this moth and was able to get super close to take this picture.  I love the coloring and the patterning.  I am feeling very inspired to make a jumpsuit out of a fabric that is similar.  What do you guys think?  Let me know of any fabrics if you spot them.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

Eventually, we made it out on the water where we spent most of the day.  Dale Hollow Lake is a 27,000 acre reservoir on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee with some of the most gorgeous relaxing views you will ever see. With it being a Monday the lake was not overcrowded making it relatively calm waters.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

I am not one who likes to swim in lakes, because I cannot see to the bottom.  Once, when I was a kid, I had a leach that stuck to the bottom of my foot after getting out of the lake that may have something a lot to do with this.  It takes a lot of coaxing to get me into the water, which is 84 feet deep at this point.  Once I do get in I really do enjoy it though.  Look at the color of that water!  Talk about serene blue.  I would like to say that my previously made swimsuit held up pretty well too.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

The only new make that I brought was this previously unblogged version of McCall’s 6744.  I made it before the trip from 1.25 yards of Girl Charlee Knit Fix fabric that I got from someone on Facebook.  I left the dress/swimsuit cover up in my in-laws camper, so it may be a bit before I get it back to take full photos of.

Musings of a Seamstress - Dale Hollow Lake

We had to cut our trip a day short due to weather.  We were checking out the lodge in the Dale Hollow State Park, after we got off the boat, when the tornado sirens started going off because a tornado touched down 7 miles north of us.  We were shuffled down to the basement where we waited out the storm. The weather got pretty hinky out, which made us nervous about sleeping in our tent. We were surprised and relieved to find that our tent was still where we left it and there were only a handful of rain drops that got in, so we stuck it out for another night. The forecast for the next day was more storms, so we decided to pack up our tent that morning and head back.

All in all it was a great trip and we cannot wait to go back again.  I have only been down a few times with Eric, but he spent a lot of time down here as a kid.  This is definitely a spot we will be taking many family vacations to after we adopt.

What are some of your favorite vacation spots?